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Since previous edition references are OK, this is what the 3.5e Monster Manual has to say (page 312, under natural attacks): Slap or Slam: The creature batters opponents with an appendage, dealing bludgeoning damage.


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A slam attack is basically a very forceful, blunt, body attack. Picture a zombie attacking, it's not going to punch you. It's going to slowly and methodically hit you with it's arms, or headbutt. With something that moves a bit quicker, like a doppleganger, this is representative of the fact that it can attack in numerous different humanoid forms. So ...



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